Boater

Recorded in the spellings of Boat, Boate, Bote, Boater, Booter, Boother, Boatman, or Bowater, this is a medieval English surname. Its origins are confused and overlapping, and there are several possible sources. The first is that it can be either be topographical for someone who lived at a "both". This was the Olde English barn or cow shed later called a Booth, and found in that popular surname, or it may describe some on who lived on a river bank. In this case it is from a "fused" form of the pre 7th century "bufan-waeter", meaning "above the water". Secondly it can be occupational for either a builder of "boths", or a ferryman or perhaps a boat builder, from "bote", and where appropriate with the agent suffix "-er" meaning one who does, or "-man", which can mean friend or foreman. Both topographical and occupational surnames were among the earliest created, as the activities of man and the natural features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names, although occupational surnames did not usually become hereditary until a son of sometimes a grandson, followed the father into the same job. Early examples of the recordings include Jeffrey Boteman, the rector of Wood Norton, in the county of Norfolk in the year 1320, whilst John Boatman was the dean of Norwich in 1654. Other early recordings include the marriage of Thomas Bowater and Jane Ley at Tamworth, Staffordshire, on June 15th 1589; the christening of Dorothy Boat at St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, on March 11th 1670, and the christening of Mary Boater at St. Martins in the Field, Westminster, on April 18th 1784. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Boater — The flat brimmed straw hat for men …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • boater — ► NOUN 1) a flat topped straw hat with a brim. [ORIGIN: originally worn while boating.] 2) a person who travels in a boat …   English terms dictionary

  • boater — [bōt′ər] n. [ BOAT + ER: orig. worn when boating] 1. a stiff hat of braided straw, with a flat crown and brim 2. a person who boats …   English World dictionary

  • Boater — A boater (also basher, skimmer, katie, or sennit hat) is a kind of hat associated with sailing and boating. It is normally made of sennit straw and has a flat crown and brim, typically with a ribbon around the crown, which is often in colours… …   Wikipedia

  • boater — [[t]bo͟ʊtə(r)[/t]] boaters N COUNT A boater or a straw boater is a hard straw hat with a flat top and brim which is often worn for certain social occasions in the summer …   English dictionary

  • boater — UK [ˈbəʊtə(r)] / US [ˈboʊtər] noun [countable] Word forms boater : singular boater plural boaters 1) a circular hat with a low flat top and a wide brim, usually made of straw (= dried stems of wheat) for wearing in sunny weather 2) someone who… …   English dictionary

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  • boater — noun Date: 1605 1. one who travels in a boat 2. a stiff hat usually made of braided straw with a brim, hatband, and flat crown …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • boater — /boh teuhr/, n. 1. a person who boats, esp. for pleasure. 2. a stiff straw hat with a shallow, flat topped crown, ribbon band, and straight brim. [1595 1605; BOAT + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • boater — noun a) Someone who travels by boat b) A straw hat Syn: boatsman, boatman, Panama, leghorn …   Wiktionary

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